Songs from the Year 1947

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This page lists the top songs of 1947 in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. There is also a set of monthly tables showing the various number ones on any date during 1947.

Between 1920 and 1940 there are few available charts (at least that we can find). These results should be treated with some caution since, with few exceptions, they are based on fairly subjective charts and biased towards the USA.

During this era music was dominated by a number of "Big Bands" and songs could be attributed to the band leader, the band name, the lead singer or a combination of the them. It is common, for example, to see the same song listed with three different artists. And, just to stop us from getting bored, the success of a song was tied to the sales of sheet music, so a popular song would often be perfomed by many different combinations of singers and bands and the contemporary charts would list the song, without clarifying whose version was the major hit. Where we have found such issues we have attempted to consolidate the entries using the most widely accepted value for the artist in each case.

The top ten song artists of 1947 were:

1:Perry Como2:Vaughn Monroe3:Frank Sinatra4:Francis Craig5:Sammy Kaye
6:Count Basie7:Ted Weems8:Dinah Shore9:Dick Haymes10:Louis Jordan
# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Francis Craig Near You 1947 US Billboard 1 - Aug 1947 (25 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Sep 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Sep 1947, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1947), DZE 1 of 1947, ASCAP song of 1947, US BB 6 of 1947, POP 14 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 16 of 1947, Brazil 24 of 1947, DDD 24 of 1947, Europe 85 of the 1940s (1947), RIAA 355
2 Perry Como Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep) 1947 US Billboard 1 - May 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jun 1947 (12 weeks), US 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1947, Australia 1 for 1 month - May 1948, Your Hit Parade 5 of 1947, DZE 7 of 1947, US BB 13 of 1947, POP 21 of 1947, Brazil 80 of 1948
3 Vaughn Monroe Ballerina 1947 US Billboard 1 - Nov 1947 (22 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Nov 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1947, DZE 3 of 1947, US BB 7 of 1947, POP 7 of 1947, Brazil 14 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 17 of 1947, DDD 46 of 1947, Europe 56 of the 1940s (1947), nuTsie 93 of 1940s
4 Tex Williams & The Western Caravan Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jul 1947 (17 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jul 1947 (12 weeks), US 1 for 6 weeks - Aug 1947, US Country 1 for 15 weeks - Jul 1947, DZE 5 of 1947, DDD 10 of 1947, US BB 17 of 1947, POP 19 of 1947, Brazil 20 of 1949, nuTsie 78 of 1940s
5 Jerry Murad's Harmonicats Peg o' My Heart 1947 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1947 (26 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1947 (21 weeks), US 1 for 4 weeks - Jun 1947, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1947), DZE 4 of 1947, Brazil 11 of 1947, POP 17 of 1947, DDD 26 of 1947, nuTsie 42 of 1940s, RYM 55 of 1947
6 Ted Weems Heartaches 1947 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1947 (20 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Mar 1947 (16 weeks), US 1 for 12 weeks - Mar 1947, DZE 2 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 10 of 1947, US BB 11 of 1947, POP 20 of 1947, nuTsie 26 of 1930s, Brazil 29 of 1947
7 Count Basie Open The Door, Richard! 1947 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1947 (7 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1947 (4 weeks), US 1 for 1 week - Feb 1947, Your Hit Parade 1 of 1947, DDD 5 of 1947, US BB 14 of 1947, POP 23 of 1947, Brazil 83 of 1947
8 Woody Guthrie This Land is Your Land 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1989 (1947), DDD 1 of 1947, Library of Congress artifact (1944), RIAA 3, Music Imprint 3 of 1940s, nuTsie 29 of 1940s, Acclaimed 204 (1947), WXPN 258, Visconti song of 1944, RYM 2 of 1947, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
9 Frank Sinatra Mam'selle 1947 US Billboard 1 - May 1947 (10 weeks), Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1947, US 1940s 6 - May 1947 (4 weeks), US BB 12 of 1947, POP 12 of 1947, Brazil 30 of 1947, RYM 50 of 1947
10 Art Lund Mam'selle 1947 US Billboard 1 - Apr 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Apr 1947 (11 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Jun 1947, DZE 8 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 9 of 1947, POP 12 of 1947, Brazil 28 of 1947
11 Ray Noble Linda 1947 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1947 (23 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Mar 1947 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 2 of 1947, US BB 9 of 1947, DZE 9 of 1947, POP 16 of 1947, DDD 50 of 1947, Brazil 63 of 1947, nuTsie 84 of 1940s
12 Frankie Laine That's My Desire 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1947), US Billboard 4 - Mar 1947 (26 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Jul 1947 (4 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1947, DDD 7 of 1947, nuTsie 17 of 1940s, Europe 43 of the 1940s (1947), Brazil 89 of 1948, RYM 40 of 1946
13 Freddy Martin Managua, Nicaragua 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Feb 1947 (11 weeks), US 1 for 2 weeks - Mar 1947, DZE 6 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 11 of 1947, Brazil 48 of 1947
14 The Andrews Sisters Near You 1947 Australia 1 for 4 months - Apr 1948, US Billboard 2 - Sep 1947 (17 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Oct 1947 (10 weeks), nuTsie 40 of 1940s, Brazil 85 of 1948
15 Arthur Godfrey Too Fat Polka (I Don't Want Her-You Can Have Her-She's Too Fat For Me) 1947 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1947 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1947 (16 weeks), US BB 2 of 1947, POP 3 of 1947, Brazil 86 of 1948, Europe 98 of the 1940s (1947)
16 Al Jolson Anniversary Song 1947 Australia 1 for 5 months - Sep 1947, US Billboard 2 - Feb 1947 (14 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Feb 1947 (14 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1947
17 Dick Haymes Mam'selle 1947 Australia 1 for 1 month - Oct 1947, US Billboard 3 - May 1947 (11 weeks), US 1940s 4 - May 1947 (8 weeks), Brazil 65 of 1948
18 Perry Como When You Were Sweet Sixteen 1947 Australia 1 for 1 month - Dec 1948, US Billboard 2 - Jul 1947 (19 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Aug 1947 (12 weeks), Your Hit Parade 18 of 1947
19 Sammy Kaye Serenade Of The Bells 1947 Australia 1 for 1 month - Sep 1948, US Billboard 3 - Nov 1947 (16 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Nov 1947 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 4 of 1948
20 Bill Monroe Blue Moon of Kentucky 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1945), Library of Congress artifact (1947), DDD 4 of 1947, Music Imprint 14 of 1940s, RIAA 218, Acclaimed 310 (1947), RYM 3 of 1945, Song of 1946
21 Jack McVea & his Band Open The Door, Richard! 1947 Peel list 1 of 1946, US Billboard 3 - Jan 1947 (9 weeks), DDD 5 of 1947, US 1940s 7 - Feb 1947 (2 weeks)
22 Peggy Lee Golden Earrings 1947 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1947 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1947 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1948, Brazil 40 of 1949, DDD 47 of 1947, Europe 78 of the 1940s (1948)
23 Buddy Clark Peg o' My Heart 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1947 (15 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Jul 1947 (7 weeks), US BB 10 of 1947, Your Hit Parade 14 of 1947, POP 17 of 1947, Brazil 32 of 1947
24 James Baskett Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah 1947 US BB 1 of 1947, Oscar in 1947 (film 'Song of the South'), POP 1 of 1947, AFI 47
25 T-Bone Walker Quintet Stormy Monday 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1991 (1948), Library of Congress artifact (1947), DDD 2 of 1947, Acclaimed 617 (1947), RYM 3 of 1948, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500
26 Dizzy Gillespie Manteca 1947 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1947), Library of Congress artifact (1947), DDD 8 of 1948, Acclaimed 772 (1947), RYM 62 of 1947
27 The Three Suns Peg o' My Heart 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1947 (19 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jun 1947 (16 weeks), DDD 26 of 1947, Brazil 27 of 1948
28 Dusty Fletcher Open The Door, Richard! 1947 US Billboard 3 - Feb 1947 (7 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Feb 1947 (5 weeks), DDD 5 of 1947, nuTsie 81 of 1940s, Europe 94 of the 1940s (1947)
29 Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters There's No Business Like Show Business 1947 Australia 1 for 1 month - Nov 1947, US Billboard 25 - Jul 1947 (1 week)
30 Guy Lombardo Managua, Nicaragua 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1947 (15 weeks), US BB 3 of 1947, US 1940s 4 - Feb 1947 (9 weeks), POP 8 of 1947
31 Red Ingle & The Natural Seven Temptation (Tim-Tayshun) 1947 US Billboard 1 - Jun 1947 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Jun 1947 (13 weeks), US BB 15 of 1947, POP 15 of 1947
32 Dinah Shore Anniversary Song 1947 US Billboard 1 - Mar 1947 (12 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Mar 1947 (8 weeks), US BB 5 of 1947, POP 6 of 1947
33 Marisa Fiordaliso El rancho grande 1947 Italy 1 of 1947
34 Lester Young Junpin' With Symphony 1947 Peel list 1 of 1947
35 Bing Crosby Anniversary Song 1947 Australia 1 for 5 months - Sep 1947
36 Dick Farney Copacabana 1947 Brazil 1 of 1947
37 Jo Stafford Serenade Of The Bells 1947 US Billboard 6 - Dec 1947 (11 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Dec 1947 (9 weeks), DDD 52 of 1947, Brazil 95 of 1948
38 Louis Prima Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) 1947 US Billboard 8 - Oct 1947 (8 weeks), US 1940s 8 - Nov 1947 (7 weeks), DDD 48 of 1947, Brazil 78 of 1948
39 The Mills Brothers Across The Alley From The Alamo 1947 US Billboard 2 - May 1947 (15 weeks), US 1940s 4 - May 1947 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 13 of 1947, DDD 76 of 1947
40 The Andrews Sisters & Danny Kaye Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) 1947 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1947 (11 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Nov 1947 (10 weeks), Brazil 54 of 1948
41 The Three Flames Open The Door, Richard! 1947 US Billboard 1 - Feb 1947 (8 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1947 (3 weeks), POP 23 of 1947
42 Eddy Arnold I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) 1947 US Country 1 for 23 weeks - Nov 1947, US Billboard 22 - Nov 1947 (3 weeks), DDD 44 of 1947, RYM 92 of 1947
43 Vaughn Monroe I Wish I Didn't Love You So 1947 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1947 (15 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Sep 1947 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1947
44 Paul Gayton Since I Fell For You 1947 ASCAP song of 1948, US Billboard 20 - Nov 1947 (1 week), DDD 22 of 1947
45 Merle Travis So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed 1947 US Country 1 for 14 weeks - Feb 1947, US Billboard 21 - Feb 1947 (1 week), DDD 74 of 1947
46 Bing Crosby The Whiffenpoof Song 1947 US Billboard 7 - Nov 1947 (7 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Nov 1947 (7 weeks), US BB 8 of 1947, POP 13 of 1947
47 Frank Sinatra Time After Time 1947 US Billboard 16 - May 1947 (5 weeks), Brazil 65 of 1947, WXPN 778, RYM 125 of 1959
48 Eddy Howard I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder 1947 US Billboard 2 - May 1947 (19 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jun 1947 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 20 of 1947
49 Dick Haymes I Wish I Didn't Love You So 1947 US Billboard 9 - Oct 1947 (8 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Nov 1947 (4 weeks), Brazil 96 of 1948
50 Dick Haymes How Are Things In Glocca Morra 1947 US Billboard 9 - Mar 1947 (5 weeks), US 1940s 9 - Mar 1947 (1 week), Brazil 100 of 1947
51 Betty Hutton I Wish I Didn't Love You So 1947 Oscar in 1947 (film 'The Perils of Pauline') (Nominated), US Billboard 5 - Sep 1947 (12 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Oct 1947 (4 weeks)
52 Guy Lombardo Anniversary Song 1947 US Billboard 2 - Feb 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Feb 1947 (10 weeks), nuTsie 63 of 1940s
53 Carla Dupont Valzer delle candele (Auld lang syne) 1947 Italy 2 of 1947
54 Francisco Alves Nervos de Aco 1947 Brazil 2 of 1947
55 Louis Jordan Open The Door, Richard! 1947 DDD 5 of 1947, US Billboard 6 - Mar 1947 (4 weeks), US 1940s 7 - Mar 1947 (2 weeks), RYM 11 of 1947
56 Dorothy Shay Feudin' & Fightin' 1947 US Billboard 4 - Jul 1947 (11 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Sep 1947 (11 weeks), Your Hit Parade 6 of 1947
57 Vaughn Monroe How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You) 1947 US Billboard 3 - Nov 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Nov 1947 (13 weeks), Your Hit Parade 16 of 1948
58 Red Foley New Pretty Blonde (Jole Blon) 1947 US Country 1 for 1 week - May 1947, DDD 32 of 1947
59 Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys Sugar Moon 1947 US Country 1 for 6 weeks - Jun 1947, DDD 54 of 1947
60 The Charioteers Open The Door, Richard! 1947 US Billboard 6 - Mar 1947 (3 weeks), Brazil 86 of 1947, RYM 93 of 1947
61 Margaret Whiting Guilty 1947 US Billboard 4 - Dec 1946 (17 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Mar 1947 (3 weeks), Your Hit Parade 15 of 1947
62 Claude Thornhill & his Orchestra A Sunday Kind Of Love 1947 Your Hit Parade 3 of 1947, US Billboard 16 - May 1947 (6 weeks), DDD 23 of 1947
63 Louis Jordan Boogie Woogie Blue Plate 1947 POP 9 of 1947, DDD 13 of 1947, US Billboard 21 - Sep 1947 (1 week), RYM 28 of 1947
64 Dinah Shore (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 1947 US Billboard 2 - Jan 1947 (16 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Jan 1947 (4 weeks), RYM 97 of 1946
65 Mara Mauri amado mio 1947 Italy 3 of 1947
66 Nat King Cole There! I've Said it Again 1947 Peel list 3 of 1947
67 Luiz Gonzaga Asa Branca 1947 Brazil 3 of 1947
68 Sammy Kaye That's My Desire 1947 US Billboard 2 - May 1947 (22 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Jun 1947 (17 weeks)
69 Perry Como I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now 1947 US Billboard 2 - Aug 1947 (17 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1947 (4 weeks)
70 Louis Jordan Texas & Pacific 1947 US Billboard 20 - Mar 1947 (3 weeks), POP 24 of 1947, DDD 25 of 1947, RYM 29 of 1947
71 Benny Goodman A Gal in Calico 1947 US Billboard 6 - Jan 1947 (6 weeks), Brazil 79 of 1947
72 Paul Weston Linda 1947 US Billboard 8 - Apr 1947 (8 weeks), Brazil 99 of 1947
73 Eddy Howard My Adobe Hacienda 1947 US Billboard 2 - Apr 1947 (15 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Apr 1947 (11 weeks)
74 Jack Owens How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You) 1947 US Billboard 2 - Sep 1947 (20 weeks), US 1940s 4 - Nov 1947 (14 weeks)
75 Dick Farney I Wish I Didn't Love You So 1947 US Billboard 13 - Nov 1947 (1 week), Brazil 61 of 1948
76 Savannah Churchill I Wanna Be Loved By You 1947 POP 11 of 1947, DDD 12 of 1947, US Billboard 21 - May 1947 (1 week)
77 Tex Beneke Anniversary Song 1947 US Billboard 3 - Feb 1947 (11 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Mar 1947 (8 weeks)
78 Larry Green & his Orchestra Near You 1947 US Billboard 3 - Oct 1947 (13 weeks), US 1940s 3 - Oct 1947 (13 weeks)
79 Henri Salvador Maladie D'Amour 1947 France (Historical) 4 of the 1940s (1947)
80 Dick Farney Marina 1947 Brazil 4 of 1947

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8 Jul 2014

1946 0r 47 Popular in juke boxes

I am as restless as a willow in a windstorm... As nervous??'''

Not nervous, "I'm as jumpy as puppet on a string"

The song is "It might as well be spring", Dick Haymes had the biggest hit with it in 1945


2 Jul 2014

An interesting theme for us

Hello...


10 Jan 2014

urdu songs


29 Oct 2013

memories

it brought back many memories during my teenage years


1 Apr 2013

# 56 There's Good Rockin' Tonight

@ 56 (1948) and # 19 (1947) are the same recording.

You got the years swapped, but nevertheless you are right, the data has been fixed, thanks for the correction


4 Feb 2013

song - I'll never know why"

I checked F.Sinatr 1047 , this did not come up, any more suggestions, could thisbe under another title, altho the words "I,ll neverknow why are use repeatedly inthe song, thanks for your help

Hugo Winterhalter had the only hit with "I'll Never Know Why" (1951)


4 Feb 2013

the song "I,ll never know why the river runs to meet the ocean"

I think the name of the song is I,ll never know why, but who sang it and when is impossible to find out but it was popular in the late 1940,s or very early 1950's. Hope you can help me

"I'll Never Know Why" was a minor hit for Hugo Winterhalter 1951


13 Jun 2012

found a penny

If this is the same song I used to sing as a child the name of it is not Found a Penny.....I believe it is: "Found a Peanut"


6 May 2012

as others do, recorded by netta haddon

Hi there, I am looking for the words to the song, As others Do recorded by Netta Haddon & composed by Ruru Karaitiana. I am not sure of the year, 1940s to early 1950s maybe. I appreciate any help in finding the words to this song. Cheers Kaye


24 Jan 2012

Bing Crosby and a song about a rose

I am looking for a song supposedly sung by Bing in or around 1947 about a rose from some place to answer a quiz. The two songs I can find are Rose of Tralee and San Antonio Rose, neither of which appear to have been sung by Bing as part of 1947. Can you help please? I did consider the Roses of Picardee but can find no reference to Bing singing this song.


5 Jan 2012

#1 US +Song on September 21, 1947

I have been searching for the #1 United States song , with artist (s)on the day I was born. I received your list of 1947 songs but would like to break it down even more.

Can you help me?

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_singles_of_1947_%28U.S.%29 the song was Francis Craig - "Near You"


19 Oct 2011

The dying mountaineer

Hello - I have been searching for this song for my Mother-in-Law, I have Googled and Tweeted on and off for a year and this is the first time I have found anyone who acknowledges that it exists! Do you have any more information on it yet?

Many, many Thanks x

That was a message from you. So there still is no one else who has heard of it.


11 Sep 2011

The dying mountaineer+

Hi all, not sure if I'm in the correct year but my mother is after a sing from when she was a nipper, around the 40s. She seems to think that the song is titled the dying mountaineer, some lyrics include 'gather round me children, I'm a dying mountaineer, I know I'll be so happy I'm going to home to rest' many thanks for your help


6 Sep 2011

29 Anniversary Song

This is a solo recording by Jolson - no Bing.

The Australian entry said that the song was by Al Jolson & Bing Crosby, we think they meant that there were two seperate versions by those artists released at the same time that were both popular in Australia

We've fixed the data, thanks for the correction


1 Jul 2011

Maybe you can help

My brothers and I remember a record Dad used to play that had a chorus that sounded like they were singing "Ka viva viva vit". We're all in our early 60's so the song was probably written or being played about the period of 5 years either side of 1950.

It was sung by a group, male and female in close harmony and had a bit of accordian in there and sounded a bit "Jo Stafford-ish". I can sing the tune all the way through but don't know the words and don't know the title. Do you have any idea what it could be called?

Here at the Turret we have no idea, maybe one of our users can help?


2 Feb 2010

dec 13 1947

Dec 13 1947

We assume that your question is what was the number 1 song on that date.

In Australia the number 1 song was "There's No Business Like Show Business" by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters.

But maybe you meant the number 1 in the USA?

Well there really wasn't a proper US music chart until the 1950s, but Billboard produced a variety of different charts starting in 1936. The number 1 record in the Billboard "Best Sellers in Stores" chart was:

"Ballerina" by Vaughn Monroe

In the listing above where it says the song was "US 1 for 10 weeks - Dec 1947" that means it was the Billboard "Stores" number 1 for 10 weeks starting in December 1947.


13 Dec 2009

found a penny

This song was one I sang on the radio in a contest and it had 4 verses all ofwhich I had memorized; now I can't remember them or the proper name and which artist sang it.

We can't find a song with exactly that title, or any lyrics from that era that match exactly. Our closest matches are "The Dum-Dot Song", a version of which by Frank Sinatra reached number 21 in the US Billboard charts in Dec 1947 and "Penny" by The Pied Pipers that reached number 28 the same month.

Another possible candiadte would be "Penny Serenade" which was a hit in 1939 for various artists like Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye and Horace Heidt.

Rosemary Clooney had various hits which mention pennies but they were from the early 1950s.